By Sandy Parks / Blue Water Sailing’s Cruising Compass

January 31, 2024

Launched last fall in time for the Annapolis sailboat show, the new Oceanis 37.1 completes the seventh generation of the Oceanis line that includes eight models launched since 2017.  The Marc Lombard-designed hull and rig provides a roomy family cruising sloop with a surprising turn of speed. Note the broad transom, the chine that runs the full length of the boat and the very full hull sections forward, which all combine to enhance the hull’s stability while providing plenty of interior volume.

The cockpit is spacious for a 37-footer with bench seats long enough to sleep on and a table that will seat up to six. The twin wheels provide great visibility forward from both sides of the cockpit and open a clear pathway aft to the fold-down transom and swim platform.  For ease of handling, all sheets run aft to winches and line stopers by the helms, while halyards and sail trim control lines run to a winch on the cabin top. 

Down below, the accommodation plan offers three sleeping cabins and two heads, which would seem impossible on a 37 footer. But, of course, it is not. The master cabin forward has a diagonal double berth with its own en-suite head. The twin quarter cabins have large double berths and ample storage. The after head is on the starboard side and will double as a wet locker for hanging foul weather gear.

The U-shaped dinette is to port and with a bench seat amidships six  crew will dine comfortably. The in-line galley runs up the starboard side with a large top-loading fridge, a two-burner stove-oven and a single sink…